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Trump's Lawyers to Fight Subpoena for President's Tax Returns

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 July 2020 01:22 PM

President Donald Trump won’t hand over his tax returns without a fight.

Lawyers for the president told a judge on Wednesday that Trump plans to challenge a subpoena for his tax returns and financial records from the Manhattan district attorney, The Hill reports.

The Supreme Court recently ruled 7-2 against Trump’s claim that he was immune to criminal investigation.

“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”

But in a status report filed with a federal district court in New York, Trump’s attorneys said they have additional objections to the subpoena.

Trump’s legal team said it plans to raise issues about whether District Attorney Cyrus Vance's subpoenas are too broad or relevant to a legitimate investigation. They stated they need to know more about “the nature and the scope” of the investigation so they can determine whether the grand jury needs all the documents the district attorney is requesting.

"The president should not be required, for example, to litigate the subpoena’s breadth or whether it was issued in bad faith," Trump's lawyers wrote.

NBC News reports the legal objection also will argue that the subpoena is being issued out of a desire to harass and would impede on the president’s ability to carry out his duties.

Vance has argued that a federal judge already has ruled there was no bad faith or attempt to harass the president in the subpoena request. He added that the subpoena would not hamper his ability to carry out official duties, according to NBC News.

It would be "highly irregular and inappropriate" for the president's lawyers to inquire into why the grand jury wants the materials, Vance said. "If the president has anything left to say," then Trump should do so "with all appropriate haste," he told the court.

Judge Victor Marrero scheduled a hearing for Thursday. Trump's legal team said it would file its initial objection to the subpoena by July 27. The final legal briefs from both sides are due by Aug. 14.

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